Giants causeway

Giant’s Causeway

Moyle, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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Giant’s Causeway is Northern Island’s most popular tourist attraction and is a natural conglomeration of more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were the result of a pre-historic volcanic eruption. The natural wonder has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is located 4.8 km northeast of Bushmills in Northern Ireland.

According to local legend, the Irish warrior Finn McCool built the causeway to walk to Scotland and fight his adversary Benandonner. In one of the versions of the legend Finn fell asleep before he got to Scotland and so when he did not arrive, the much larger Benandonner crossed the bridge looking for him. In order to protect Finn, his wife Oonagh laid a blanket over him so he could pretend that he was actually their baby son. In a variation on the legend, Finn ran away after seeing Benandonner’s size and asked his wife to disguise him as the baby. In both of the versions, when Benandonner saw the size of the “baby”’, he assumed the alleged father, Finn, must be truly massive and he therefore fled home in terror pulling up the Causeway in case he was followed by Finn.

There is a cliff top walk that provides spectacular views of the landscape starting at the site of the visitor centre above Portnaboe and going around as far as Portbraddon. If there is a low tide, you can also continue around to Whitepark Bay Beach. If you want to get some really impressive holiday snaps of the site, then aim to be there in the mid to late afternoon. The Giant’s Causeway is in North Antrimn and there is a bus service from the Portrush and Coleraine trains stations, it is free and open to the public at all times.

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